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Rides in Chicago Land???????

Moving up there from NC (sure gonna miss the Dragon and Blue Ridge)
Interviewing for a job in Warrenville and would like some info on good places to ride (this summer) I thought the shore line of the Mississippi would be good.
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Moving up there from NC (sure gonna miss the Dragon and Blue Ridge)
Interviewing for a job in Warrenville and would like some info on good places to ride (this summer) I thought the shore line of the Mississippi would be good.
Ideas welcome
Hi, You are correct the river roads on both sides is quite nice but actually there are tons of roads in Wisc. from the IL. state line on up.. they are not as challenging but great curves and hills with scenery ! There is a "Rustic Roads" guide for Wisc.. you might Google it and they probably would send you more than you can think of. Northern IL and IN are not very hilly but there are some good roads out there if you want to experiment. Hope you find the area interesting ! and get ready for REAL WINTER !!

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There are some amazing roads around Cannon Falls, east through Red Wing to the Mississipi. A bunch of us from the Vincent Owners Club rode through there in September..wonderful scenery, and just enough fast stuff that your right hand won't go to sleep.
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Moving up there from NC (sure gonna miss the Dragon and Blue Ridge)
Interviewing for a job in Warrenville and would like some info on good places to ride (this summer) I thought the shore line of the Mississippi would be good.
Ideas welcome
Hate to burst your bubble, but if you are moving from NC, then the riding here sucks!
As close as I can relate to it is when I learned to ski. I learned in upstate New York, then Colorado, and then went to Wisconsin. Wisconsin was skiing, but that is about it. For you, it will be like now riding on a dragstrip withe lots of traffic.

That being said, thee are some OK roads in Wisconsin, Great River Road on the Mississippi, Galena, etc.

Otherwise we take a day ride down to a place called Deals Gap and ride down there. LOL

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Yeah, Larry pretty much summed it up correctly. I live in Warrenville, but tend to avoid traffic on my rides. The nearest "interesting" ride is along the North Shore of the lake on Sheridan Road. I can never believe the topography so close to the city. It's a slow ride and really, once you've done it, well... best to do it on an early Sunday morning with the joggers.
It usually takes me a couple hours to get to anything twisty/rolling. There are some small stretches of curves out in the corn fields of Kendall, Kane and DeKalb counties, but they're pretty short lived. There's a really nice part of Rt.71 on the southern edge of Starved Rock that's a lot of fun, but I find you have to turn around and hit it 3/4 times to make it worth the ride out there. I'll go there just to get a hotdog at Grumpy's (Rt 71 & I-80).
Just south of Princeton, IL is some nice rolling land that was formed on the western side of the Illinois river. There's also a lot of gravel roads to navigate through that kind of sour the moments. I still get out there when I can.
My favorite area, as Larry mentioned, is out around Galena, IL. Awesome roads are Blackjack and Stagecoach, with a lot of minor roads around them to seek out.
Getting out a bit further are the WI roads. Anything North and West of Monroe, WI are getting to be good rides. I seek out the cheese factories in the area. There's probably 6-8 of them around Monroe west to Darlington. The further North into Wi you go the better things get. West of Madison, along the Wisconsin River is really fun. I have to thank John from Mt. Horab for the tour he gave a few of us 2 summers ago. North of The WI river gets ever better for hilly, twisty routes. Just outside of La Crosse is a road that has the Mindoro Cut which I found to be a great ride. It was previously mentioned to check out "Rustic Roads", and another that I use is has maps of different WI regions to ride.
Best of luck on your move and let us Midwesterners know when you get ready to ride the area.

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Hate to burst your bubble, but if you are moving from NC, then the riding here sucks!
As close as I can relate to it is when I learned to ski. I learned in upstate New York, then Colorado, and then went to Wisconsin. Wisconsin was skiing, but that is about it.
Most of the ski hills around here are man made.

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Most of the ski hills around here are man made.
Yep, here's where I do my skiing. <--click here.

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Gearman, there are many nice rides here in Wisconsin. As mentioned by others, the Great River Road along both sides of the Mississippi River offers some great scenic curvy roads from Prairie du Chien,WI all the way up to Redwing,MN . Most of the locks on the river offer viewing platforms to observe the barge traffic locking through on their way up or down the river. The area around Devils Lake State Park and Baraboo is nice and you can follow Hwy.33 till it hits Wildcat Mt. State Park just east of Ontario. This has to be about the curviest road I have found in WI. Some call it the Deals Gap of WI. The roads around Wildcat Mt. are all fantastic. Heading west on 33 is LaCrosse and you can catch the Mississippi there and run it in either direction on either side and you won't be disappointed. If you want to see northeastern Wi take twisty Hwy.187 out of Shiocton to Cnty. K to Hwy 55 in Shawano. Then on up through the Indian Reservation on 55. Beautiful year round, and especially in the fall. Nice twisty well paved road follows the Wolf River.

I would suggest you buy a Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme. I don't ever leave home without it. Just too much detail of back roads that you won't find on any other map. I just listed a few of my favorite areas. If you want to know more, PM me and we can chat.

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+1 on the Stagecoach Road west of Rockford (actually Freeport to Geneva).

Let me recommend to you the Chicago Region BMW Club . Besides the usual rides and meetings, they do Monday Night Hot Dog runs that will take you to some interesting places from March to November.

Wisconsin publishes maps of their Rustic Roads and will sent you a patch for riding 10 of them, I think. Just take pix of the signs. They are fun, and they start about 50 miles from Warrenville.

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I spent ten years down there in Chicago land, pretty flat. Moved back up here 15 years ago close to home. I live just outside Hudson Wi, born and raised about 40 miles north of La Cross Wi. I have taken people on rides from the Twin Cities in this part of Wi. , mostly back roads. All they could say is they had no idea it was like this. If you get up this way give me yell, be more than happy to show you around.
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I took a trip with a old friend to Hudson this year. We stayed at a old friend's of his place. Nice area and across the river the Mongolian Buffet was great!
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